With environmental concerns and fuel costs mounting, many Americans are looking for ways to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources. In Pennsylvania, renewable energy sources include wood, wood residue and dedicated agricultural energy crops, also known as biomass. Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools & Communities is helping schools, communities and businesses understand the economic, operational, and environmental benefits of biomass energy systems.

Membership is open to all who are interested in helping to promote the sustainable use of biomass fuels in Pennsylvania - we are a collaborative effort of public officials, businesses, and private citizens committed to providing non-commercial assistance to communities and groups that are interested in biomass fuels for energy.

Fuels Standard Released for Comment

Oct 2014: PA Fuels for schools has released its draft wood fuels standard specifications for comment. All interested parties are encouraged to submit comments and suggestions.


Here's a list of Fuels for Schools meetings and related bioenergy events in the state:

  • National Bioenergy Day Fuels Forum and Tour (in conjunction with Penn State Extension and the PA Biomass Energy Association): 22 Oct, 2014, 9:00am-12:30pm, Meadville, PA. Register online at http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/energy/events/national-bioenergy-day-symposium-and-tour
  • PA Fuels for Schools Meeting: 22 Oct, 2014, 2014, 1:00 pm (after the National Bioenergy Day event), Meadville, PA
  • PA Fuels for Schools Meeting: 10 Dec, 2014, 10am-2pm
    Location: 244 Ag Engineering Building, Penn State University
  • (2015 meeting schedule to be announced shortly)


Dillon Floral Corporation

Featured Case Study: Dillon Floral Corporation
In its first full winter, Dillon Floral burned 2,347 tons of wood chips, at an average delivered cost of $25/ton, equating to $58,670. By making the conversion from #6 heating oil to a biomass heating system, Dillon Floral saved approximately $191,330 in heating costs.